“Do Nothing” Meditation ~ Shinzen Young

Shinzen talks about the technique he calls "do nothing," which is associated with what other traditions call Choiceless Awareness, Just Sitting, the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), and Mahamudra. Shinzen's instructions for how to do this are: "Let whatever happens, happen. As soon as you're aware of an intention to control your attention - drop that intention."

00:05 - Techniques with effort and without, techniques with choices and without 01:04 - Choiceless awareness, just sitting, the great perfection (Dzogchen), and the grand symbol (Mahamudra) are all related to the Do Nothing technique. 01:59 - With time, the Do Nothing technique is designed to create a sensitivity to the circuit that controls attention and an environment so that that circuit will turn itself off for a while 04:02 - Confusion is a strong arising from the place of choice 05:20 - The subtleties of the Do Nothing instruction, "Let whatever happens, happen. As soon as you're aware of an intention to control your attention - drop that intention." 08:00 - If you can't drop the intention to control your attention, no problem, because the technique isn't asking you to do that. 09:30 - "If noting makes you racey, do nothing. If do nothing makes you spacey, try noting." 09:53 - You are not being asked to willfully monitor your attenti…

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